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Latin Pop Star's Family Sues Car, Tire Makers

The family of Argentine pop star Rodrigo Bueno has sued Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., blaming the companies for a rollover accident that killed the singer two years ago. The lawsuit w

The family of Argentine pop star Rodrigo Bueno has sued Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., blaming the companies for a rollover accident that killed the singer two years ago. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Miami even though the accident occurred in Buenos Aires and a court there ruled the pop star was at fault.

A Ford spokesperson said company officials hadn't seen a copy of the lawsuit and didn't want to speculate on the cause of the accident. A Bridgestone spokesperson didn't return a phone call.

Bueno was driving his 1998 Ford Explorer on June 24, 2000, when he swerved to avoid hitting another car. The vehicle rolled over, ejecting the singer and his friend, actor Fernando Leon Olmedo, killing both. Bueno's girlfriend, his 2-year-old son and his personal assistant also were in the car, but didn't suffer life-threatening injuries.

"Lives have been irreparably damaged," said Paul Hulsey, an attorney for Bueno's family.

However, a court in Argentina last month determined that Bueno was solely responsible for causing the accident.


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